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Posted on: March 8th, 2006

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Vacillating wildly from slashing abstraction, moody evocations of Jerusalem to complex meditations on the Shoah, Motke Blum presents a conundrum.

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Posted on: March 1st, 2006

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Hair in Judaism carries multiple connotations. It is distracting and narcissistic, as when Joseph "plays with his hair" too much and finds his jail sentence under Potifar extended for his vanity.

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Posted on: February 22nd, 2006

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"There is just something about that little girl that I can't get out of my mind. How does she face those fire-breathing beasts?"

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Posted on: February 15th, 2006

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It's just about the last thing you'd suspect of relevance and contribution to anything culturally meaningful.

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Posted on: February 8th, 2006

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Frederick Terna has a soft touch. His images are neither strident nor angry.

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Posted on: January 25th, 2006

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Pleasure and Meaning. In the visual arts they are equally essential.

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Posted on: January 18th, 2006

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One of Honore Daumier's greatest works shows a troubled man sitting at a window.

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Posted on: January 11th, 2006

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Look someone in the eye, and you immediately begin a narrative.

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Posted on: January 4th, 2006

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If the hills are alive with the sound of Julie Andrews' music, then Cantor Jacob "Jackie" Mendelson would have viewers believe that Brooklyn is once again to be alive with the sound of Chazzanut.

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Posted on: December 28th, 2005

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Space is created in the visual arts in a multitude of ways. Illusionistic space was invented in the Renaissance and continues to be depicted in contemporary realism.

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Posted on: December 21st, 2005

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The Temple gleams upon the horizon, a golden beacon signifying the finish line to the Jews' trek to serve G-d on the shalosh regalim.

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Posted on: May 18th, 2005

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The aesthetic buzzards have been following him disappointed for years.

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Posted on: May 11th, 2005

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The problem with G-d is His holiness.

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Posted on: May 4th, 2005

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In a sense, the history of the Jewish people is a history of installation art. The thunder and lightning, booming shofar and floral assortment at Sinai were intense aesthetic experiences.

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Posted on: April 27th, 2005

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Barely redeemed from Egypt, the Jewish people faced a terrible foe. Amalek attacked without warning, without reason.

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Posted on: April 20th, 2005

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With Pesach swiftly approaching, many are hyper-aware of all the cleaning and cooking implied in the festival.

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Posted on: April 13th, 2005

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Mincha is the most fragile of prayers. It is typically caught on the run, sandwiched between a hurried lunch and return to the ordeals of the workday.

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Posted on: April 6th, 2005

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There is something very Jewish about R. B. Kitaj's work.

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Posted on: March 23rd, 2005

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Many mistranslate the word "midbar" as desert, whereas the word really carries more of a connotation for wasteland or wilderness, perhaps deriving from the root dever for "plague" or davar for "word" or "thing."

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Posted on: March 16th, 2005

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As one enters the theater, the stage is seen dominated by three levels of scaffolding that fills the entire proscenium behind a gray scrim.

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